ADDRO is organising a training of Community Volunteers referred to as Early Childhood Development (ECD) Promoters from July to August. The ECD trainings known as Moments that Matter (MTM) Part 1 and 2 are being organised in Tamale in the Northern Region, Wa in the Upper West Region and Zebilla in the Upper East Region of Ghana. The last batch of this year’s series of ECD MTM Part 1 trainings is scheduled for 5th – 10th August, 2019 in Tamale and Wa.
The Training provides a set of activities that prepare Early Childhood Development (ECD) Promoters to conduct household visits and to form and facilitate caregiver support and learning groups. It is designed to provide trainees with an opportunity to practice implementing the meetings as well as to explore concepts and information related to evidence-based parenting practices that follow and value responsive care and early learning actions that support children to reach their full potential.
This five-day training engages ECD promoters in participatory and reflection-based exercises. The training enables participants to learn about the development needs and milestones of children from conception to 36 months and how to promote caregiver engagement in early learning of their children through play and communication.
Using the Moments that Matter visual cards, ECD promoters learn to encourage caregiver reflection, learning, dialogue and mobilization related to key actions that support positive development outcomes for children. Male engagement is a key component of the program and Moments that Matter program tools are designed to encourage reflection and practice of positive male caregiver household engagement in various stages of the development of small children.
Throughout the workshop, emphasis is placed on approaches that support the security and safety of children within the program, home and community. In addition, caregivers are supported in defining and meeting their needs around health, nutrition, rights and protection, and livelihoods. Caregiver groups, home visits, monitoring, and reflective dialogue will allow a variety of opportunities for capacity-building, action-steps, and feedback. Together in the caregiver group and household settings, promoters and caregivers build a community that nurtures children and champions their development.